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1939 San Francisco & New York Fairs

Published 1939

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Producer Mrs. J. Shipley Dixon
Audio/Visual silent, color


San Francisco World's Fair
New York World's Fair
Aquacade (synchronized swimming performance).


Reviewer: thundrmi - - August 13, 2009
Subject: Excellent quality 39NYWF images
Some of the best silent footage of the '39 NYWF. Excellent color and film condition and transfer to digital. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Visual16 - - September 1, 2008
Subject: Excellent preserved footage
Get the Mpeg-2 and a cup of coffee and watch this full-screen. Super detail and color! Among all of the footage of NY World's Fair 39 that I've seen, this has some of the best-detailed views of the superb 30's architecture.

The diving at the end is awesome!
This one is truly "fair to the fair" LOL